GOVERNMENT is set to recruit hundreds of science and mathematics teachers who were failing to secure jobs despite a serious shortage of qualified staff due to massive brain drain.
BY FELUNA NLEYA
While several schools do not have such personnel, it emerged that several university graduates were roaming the streets and failing to get jobs, hence the call by the Ministry of Education for them (graduates) to register with the relevant authorities.
The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education called on holders of the Diploma in Science Education, Bachelor of Science Education and Diploma in Education in various disciplines of science, who were not employed, to report to respective district offices.
The ministry’s spokesperson, Patrick Zumbo, said the call was in line with efforts to reduce the shortage of qualified teachers.
“The ministry has a shortfall of 1 521 maths and science teachers and it has since been realised that there are some with qualifications, but not employed,” he said.
“What is happening now is different from how it used to be before. Previously, graduates would be deployed straight from college to schools, but nowadays, one will have to look for a place after qualifying.”
Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association president Richard Gundane said the move by the government was commendable.
“Generally, the country is short of science and mathematics teachers. That should be what has prompted government to call for eligible candidates to approach their district offices,” Gundane said.
“In our system, maths and science teachers have become less because they have migrated to other countries, so it is important for government to employ more teachers so that we have better pass rates.”